Best and worst older large SUVs for reliability

Buying a large, luxury SUV is a big commitment, and you need to choose carefully so you don't get one that will leave you stranded at the roadside. We reveal the most dependable large and luxury...

Best and worst older large SUVs for reliability

Most reliable older large SUVs

Every manufacturer offers a large SUV because they're the definitive status symbol that most drivers aspire to.

However, just because they're popular, that doesn't mean they'll be dependable. The best will provide virtaully fault-free driving with few repair bills, but the worst could leave you without wheels for more than a week and landed with a repair bill of more than £1500.

To help you choose the most dependable large luxury SUV, we asked more than 14,200 people to tell us about any faults their cars had suffered during the past 12 months, how long the problem had kept the car off the road for and how much they'd had to pay to get it fixed.

The results of our reliability survey can help you identify the most and least durable large, luxury SUVs aged four to 10 years old.

Here's our round-up of the best and worst performers in the large and luxury SUV car classes.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Ford Kuga

16. Ford Kuga diesel (2008-2012) Reliability rating 37.8%

Owners told us 42% of diesel Kugas had suffered a fault, with the most common problem areas the engine, engine electrics and suspension. Around half of the cars were fixed for free, though, and only a small percentage of repair bills topped £500.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Audi Q5

15. Audi Q5 diesel (2008-2017) Reliability rating 37.8%

A surprising 45% of Q5s had a fault – and while some were small electrical faults, the majority were serious issues relating to the engine (some associated with the VW Group diesel emissions fix), exhaust and gearbox. Some cars were fixed for free but others had repair bills of more than £1500.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Land Rover Discovery 4

14. Land Rover Discovery 4 (2009-2013) Reliability rating 52.9%

Almost half of owners reported a fault on their Discovery 4; the most common were non-engine electrical issues but a significant number were on the engine and suspension. While some cars were fixed for free, other owners faced repair bills of more than £1500.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Honda CR-V

13. Honda CR-V petrol (2006-2012) Reliability rating 59.7%

Petrol-engined CR-Vs had more than 20% more problems than their diesel counterparts – and some of those issues related directly to their engines. Other problem areas included aircon and suspension. Some owners were landed with bills of up to £1000.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Kia Sorento

12. Kia Sorento diesel (2010-2014) Reliability rating 64.4%

More than 40% of Sorentos had a fault, but most were not serious – they were split fairly evenly between interior and exterior trim and non-engine electrics. The good news is that virtually all were fixed for free under Kia’s lengthy warranty.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Range Rover

11. Range Rover (2002-2013) Reliability rating 65.5%

Just 25% of Range Rovers suffered a fault according to owners, but the areas affected were serious: suspension, steering, engines and the fuel system accounted for the majority of problems. Most cars remained driveable, though, and most were fixed for less than £300.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

BMW X5

10. BMW X5 (2007-2013) Reliability rating 71.9%

Only 33% of X5s had a problem, but with faults centring on the engine, gearbox and suspension they were more serious than the issues affecting rival large SUVs. More than half the cars affected couldn’t be driven and some repair bills exceeded £1500.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Nissan X-Trail

9. Nissan X-Trail diesel (2007-2014) Reliability rating 78.7%

Although 40% of X-Trails had a fault, most were small issues with the battery, non-engine electrics and the exhaust system. All cars remained driveable and no bills exceeded £300, though.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Porsche Cayenne

8. Porsche Cayenne (2010-present) Reliability rating 79.8%

Only 12% of Cayenne owners reported a fault with the problem areas including non-engine electrics and the gearbox / clutch. The good news is that all cars remained driveable and all were fixed for free.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Honda CR-V

7. Honda CR-V diesel (2006-2012) Reliability rating 82.1%

Diesel engined versions of the old CR-V appear to be tougher than their petrol cousins. Only 23% of cars had a fault and most were minor electrical niggles. That said, a small percentage of cars had turbo and suspension problems, but most repairs bills were less than £200.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Volvo XC90

6. Volvo XC90 diesel (2006-2015) Reliability rating 82.7%

The XC90 may look rugged, but it’s not as bullet-proof as its Japanese and Korean rivals. Almost 40% of owners reported faults on their cars, with a surprising number of steering issues among them. Most cars remained driveable, though, and only a very few incurred bills of more than £500.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Lexus RX 450h

5. Lexus RX 450h (2009-2015) Reliability rating 84.7%

The newer RX isn’t as robust as its predecessor according to owners. They told us there were a small number of issues with the battery and suspension in this hybrid model. All cars were fixed for free under warranty, though.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Mazda CX-5

4. Mazda CX-5 diesel (2012-2017) Reliability rating 87.3%

Although nearly a quarter of CX-5s had a fault in the past year, most were minor electrical issues or problems with the bodywork / trim. There were some engine and suspension problems that were costly to repair, though.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe

3. Hyundai Santa Fe diesel (2006-2012) Reliability rating 88.1%

Although 17% of Santa Fes suffered a fault, most cars remained driveable and were fixed in less than a week. Issues were split evenly between the brakes and heating system / aircon.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Honda CR-V

2. Honda CR-V (2012-2018) Reliability rating 98.3%

Only 8% of CR-Vs we were told about had a fault, with the problem areas spanning bodywork, engine and non-engine electrics and the gearbox / clutch.

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Most reliable older large SUVs

Lexus RX 400h

1. Lexus RX 400h (2003-2009) Reliability rating 100.00%

Even aged up to 10 years old this big Japanese 4x4 remains fault-free. Unsurprisingly owners are mostly very satisfied with their cars.

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